Food Guide

A Daily Food Guide For Your Child

This daily food guide will help you give your child the kinds of foods he or she needs at different ages. Consult your pediatrician for the appropriate time to introduce your child to solid foods and finger foods.

In the 1st Year of Life

4 to 6 MonthsIron-fortified infant cereal. Begin rice cereal before introducing other grain-based infant cereals.4 to 8 tablespoons of prepared cereal.
Breast milk and/or iron-fortified formulaVaries with age (consult your physician)
WaterAs desired
7 to 8 MonthsStrained fruit, plain1 to 2 tablespoons
Strained vegetable, plain (avoid combination meat and vegetable dinners)5 to 7 tablespoons
Strained meat1 to 2 tablespoons
Iron-fortified infant cereal4 to 6 tablespoons
Toast or crackers1 small serving
Breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula24 to 32 ounces
WaterAs desired
9 to 10 MonthsWell-cooked soft, finely diced pieces or mashed fruits, vegetables and meatsSmall servings
Fortified, enriched infant cereal4 to 6 tablespoons
Fruits*6 to 8 tablespoons
Vegetables*6 to 8 tablespoons
Meat*, poultry, yogurt, cottage cheese4 to 6 tablespoons
Breast milk, and/or iron-fortified formula24 to 32 ounces
WaterAs desired
* Decrease amounts of mashed foods as your child handles chewier textures
11 to 12 MonthsInfant cereal – After 1 year of age, plain, ready-to-eat cereal may be introduced as a finger food4 to 6 tablespoons
Breads, crackers, toast, cooked noodles1 to 2 small servings
Fruits: soft, canned or ripe banana cut up1/2 cup
Vegetables: soft, cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces1/2 cup
Meats: strips of tender, lean meat, cheese2 ounces or 1/2 cup chopped
Breast milk, and/or iron-fortified formula24 to 30 ounces
WaterAs desired